The Effect of Burnout on Teacher Counselors' Work Engagement
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School teacher counselors are at higher risk of burnout than individuals in other occupations due to individual, interpersonal, and organizational factors. Burnout teacher counselors are a liability to the school. students, colleagues. and themselves. On the contrary, engaged. teachers feel strong and vigorous at work, are enthusiastic and optimistic about the work .. they do and are very often immersed in that work Using Utrecht (2003/ Work Engagement ' . Model and the Maslach and Leiter (1997) Model of Burnout. The study explored the effect' of teacher counselor burnout on their work engagement. The research design adopted was a cross sectional survey employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques. The target population included all the J 02 teacher counselors in secondary schools in Thika West district Kiambu County in Kenya. Data was collected using two main questionnaires adapted from Maslach Burnout Inventory (MEI) and the Utrecht Work EngagementScale.ie . Data analysis utilized the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) 15.0 to explore significant relations among the research variables, using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. The Pearson Product Moment of Correlation Co-efficient was used to determine the extent of association between burnout and work engagement, at alpha level of 0.05 (0. = 0.05). The study generated empirical evidence on the effect of burnout on 'the work engagement of teacher counselors within Kenyan secondary schools. There was a strong" significant inverse correlation (r=,,0.508, p<0.05) between work engagement and burnout.'} The regression model suggests that-burnout is a significant predictor of work engagement» among teacher counselors and'explains25.8% of the variation in work engagement. The" findings could benefit school head teachers, policymakers as well as teacher counselors and form a basis for future research in this field.